I’ve been looking at lots of Power Point presentations. Power Point venture capital presentations. Power Point non-profit presentations. PowerPoint for biotechs. Lots! And the reason is this: I’m curious to see how other companies communicate their ideas. Many of these companies have a lot to say. So much so, that they don’t want to leave one bit of information out. Which brings me to what I call “The Overloaded PowerPoint”. This kind of presentation demands that we do a lot of reading while simultaneously listening to the presenter and tuning in to his expressions and visual cues. Oh, and feel free to use that pen and legal pad in front of you to jot down highlights of what you’ve learned. Enough multitasking! Which brings me to the kinds of presentations I’ve seen that I actually like. These are the ones that fill in where the presenter leaves off. Remember the days of show and tell? Well, it’s like that. Big clear pictures, a paragraph distilled down to three words. Now that’s something we can absorb while listening to someone talk. Heck, you could even eat lunch at the same time and remember most of what was presented. And after all, this is the goal of every presentation.